June 18, 2006 on FOX
NATIVE JOSH GRACIN TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM PRIOR TO 3M PERFORMANCE
400 AT MIS
Michigan International Speedway
Mich. – Josh Gracin has performed live and on television
for thousands of people, and now he will entertain the largest single-day
sporting crowd in the state of Michigan.
Born and raised in Westland, Michigan, Gracin returns to his home
state on Sunday, June 18th to perform The Star-Spangled Banner at
Michigan International Speedway prior to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series
3M Performance 400 presented by Post-it® Picture Paper.
“We are thrilled to have Josh Gracin join us to perform for
our first weekend of the season,” said MIS President Brett
Shelton. “Not only is he an extremely talented vocalist, but
we know our fans will enjoy having a Michigan native help honor
our country. Having Josh at MIS is a great addition to pre-race
ceremonies to start our season.”
Gracin first came to national attention as a finalist in the second
season of American Idol where he went on to win the hearts of the
American public as the first contestant to commit to country music.
His self-titled debut CD is certified gold by the RIAA and has sold
over 650,000 copies. The first single from the project, “I
Want To Live,” was also his first hit – climbing the
charts to #4 in country radio. Josh’s second single, “Nothin’
To Lose,” was his first #1 record. His third single “Stay
With Me (Brass Bed)” was a Top 5 hit, giving him three consecutive
Top 5 songs in country radio.
Along with Gretchen Wilson, Gracin was one of only two debut artists
to have achieved three consecutive Top 5 records in 2005. Since
receiving an honorable discharge from the U.S. Marines in 2004,
Gracin has toured non-stop, including shows with Trace Adkins and
Brad Paisley. Gracin will release his second CD, featuring the hit
single “Favorite State Of Mind,” later this year.
Gracin will join actor and comedian Adam Sandler in the pre-race
ceremonies. As previously announced, Sandler, the star of the upcoming
movie “Click”, has been named the Grand Marshal for
the 3M Performance 400 and will deliver the traditional command
to start engines.
for both NEXTEL Cup Series races at MIS, the June 18 3M Performance
400 presented by Post-it® Picture Paper and the August 20 GFS
Marketplace 400, are currently on sale at MIS’ official website,
by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.
Tickets to all other events, which include the IRL IndyCar Series,
the NASCAR Busch Series, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and
the ARCA RE/MAX Series are also now available.
For tickets and information
regarding events at MIS, log on to www.MISpeedway.com,
or call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.
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Performance 400 Index.
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